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Great advice...but it made me cry. Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57844 posts
20th Jun '13

This was on my FB this morning and yeah, I teared up a little bit.



For the days we are running on empty. For the days we just don't think we have it in us to read one more story, play one more game of Uno, wash one more round of sheets. For the days when we think everyone else has it together. For the days we're sure anyone else would do this job better.

For those days. You know the ones.

Repeat after me:

1. I shall not judge my house, my kid's summer activities or my crafting skills by Pinterest's standards.

2. I shall not measure what I've accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry but by the assurance of deep love I've tickled into my kids.

3. I shall say yes to blanket forts and see past the chaos to the memories we're building.

4. I shall surprise my kids with trips to get ice cream when they're already in their pajamas.

5. I shall not compare myself to other mothers but find my identity in the God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.

6. I shall remember that a messy house at peace is better than an immaculate house t**d u* in knots.

7. I shall play music loudly and teach my kids the joy of wildly uncoordinated dance.

8. I shall remind myself that perfect is simply a street sign at the intersection of impossible and frustration in Never Never land.

9. I shall embrace the fact that in becoming a mom I traded perfect for a house full of real.

10. I shall promise to love this body that bore these three children out loud, especially in front of my daughter.

11. I shall give my other mother friends the gift of guilt-free friendship.

12. I shall do my best to admit to my people my unfine moments.

13. I shall say sorry when sorry is necessary.

14. I pray God I shall never be too proud, angry or stubborn to ask for my children's forgiveness.

15. I shall make space in my grown-up world for goofball moments with my kids.

16. I shall love their father and make sure they know I love him.

17. I shall model kind words to kids and grown-ups alike.

18. I shall not be intimidated by the inside of my minivan this season of chip bags, goldfish crackers and discarded socks too shall pass.

19. I shall always make time to encourage new moms.

20. I shall not resent that last call for kisses and cups of water but remember instead that when I blink they'll all be in college.

... with love from one tired mother to another.

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60983 posts
20th Jun '13

<3 Love!!

Petit tabernac clusterfuck, LA, Sri Lanka 107705 posts
20th Jun '13

I can get on with all that except the minivan :oops:

<3

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60983 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting .Colleen.:" I can get on with all that except the minivan :oops: <3"


I actually call my car the Pharisee.



Clean on the outside, filthy little sinner on the inside. :oops::lol:

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57844 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting homes cool:" I actually call my car the Pharisee. Clean on the outside, filthy little sinner on the inside. :oops::lol:"


My van is always messy but Cam's car is like pristine perfection and he wants it tos tay that way.



Well, we've been driving his car because the van has an almost bald tire and he refuses to let me drive it with the kids in it...and his car is no longer pristine. I have to make sure to clean it before he comes home on Saturday. :oops:

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60983 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting Emily Dickinson:" My van is always messy but Cam's car is like pristine perfection and he wants it tos tay that way. ... [snip!] ... the kids in it...and his car is no longer pristine. I have to make sure to clean it before he comes home on Saturday. :oops:"


:lol: I try, but kid stuff just fills it so quickly. It isn't like....filth, I guess. But it's messy with their junk. C's car is straight filth. He's a slob. :x

*~*Sara&Ben+1.5*~* Due April 22; 1 child; Murray, Kentucky 1210 posts
20th Jun '13

Love this!!

BαtMαɳ Gotham, __, United States 67098 posts
status 20th Jun '13
Quoting homes cool:" I actually call my car the Pharisee. Clean on the outside, filthy little sinner on the inside. :oops::lol:"


:lol:



I love this.

Petit tabernac clusterfuck, LA, Sri Lanka 107705 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting homes cool:" :lol: I try, but kid stuff just fills it so quickly. It isn't like....filth, I guess. But it's messy with their junk. C's car is straight filth. He's a slob. :x"


Mark makes me ill with how he keeps the interior of his truck

and I HATE when he uses my car and funks it all up :x

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
20th Jun '13

I needed this today! <3